Posts Tagged ‘access to care’

The Looming Healthcare Drama for People with Obesity

June 17, 2017 — Here it comes. Behind closed doors, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking shape and all we have is speculation about what will be in it. Is this healthcare drama worth watching for people living with obesity? Will the result help or hurt us? What Matters: Pre-Existing Conditions Let’s be frank. The […]

Gastric Bypass May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Half

May 28, 2017 — In the last two weeks, two new, independent studies with large cohorts of gastric bypass patients are pointing to the same benefit. Gastric bypass appears to cut heart failure risk in half. One of the many major complications of obesity is heart disease. The end stage of heart disease is heart failure. After years of […]

Self-Pay for Obesity Care Yields More Dropouts

May 25, 2017 — Add this to the list of tobacco control ideas that just don’t work in obesity. When quitting smoking, people seem to succeed more if they have more “skin in the game.” But a new study published today in Obesity finds just the opposite in obesity care. People who self-pay are more likely to drop out […]

Obesity: Chronic Care for a Chronic Disease

May 9, 2017 — Let’s connect the dots. Obesity is a complex, chronic disease. So says the American Medical Association. Chronic diseases require chronic care to prevent complications. So it makes sense that ongoing care would produce better outcomes. But even better, we now have evidence that chronic care saves money. A New RCT in The Lancet Amy Ahern […]

Mental Health: One Less Excuse for Denying Access to Care

May 8, 2017 — We get it. Bariatric surgery – not unlike any surgery – costs real money. But unlike many other surgeries, health plans have a bagful of excuses for dodging the bill. One of those excuses for discrimination – mental health – may be evaporating. Good Outcomes, Even in Patients with Severe Mental Illness A new study in the May issue […]

Locking People Out of Healthcare for Obesity

April 25, 2017 — The suggestion box is locked. So is the clinic if you need obesity care. A new report card on access to evidence-based obesity care in Canada gives the country’s healthcare system a solid F. The system is effectively locking people out from receiving care for obesity until the disease has serious complications. Band-Aids for Obesity […]

Magic Technology Cures for Diabetes and Obesity

April 18, 2017 — When people are desperate, magical thinking abounds. Even at the New York Times. Right now, you can read about how Silicon Valley technology is going to “tackle weight loss and diabetes with video chats.” With the help of mock apple cobbler and veggie omelets, an accountant and her husband have lost 120 pounds and avoided taking insulin. […]

Maine: Another State Works on Better Obesity Care

April 15, 2017 — This chick hasn’t hatched. But the conversation is encouraging. Yesterday, Maine State Senator Nate Libby presented a bill in committee to reduce obesity and chronic disease rates in Maine by providing better obesity care. LD 1162: “An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in Maine” Specifically, Libby’s bill would provide better access […]

Filling the Gaps in Obesity Care

April 7, 2017 — At the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions presented a workshop with 27 expert speakers covering the full range of challenges in treating obesity. It started with current options. It extended to pathways for innovation and considerations of payment systems and health policy. One thing was abundantly clear. We have many underused […]

Virtue, Wellness, Health, and Obesity after the ACA

March 26, 2017 — Seven years of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seem to be taking a rest for now. Perhaps the moral outrage on both sides of this debate can take a rest, too. But will we ever get a rest from health and wellness as a tool for signaling virtue? The Epithet […]